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How to apply

Find out how to apply for a bachelor's or master’s programme in Sweden.

The following steps explain the application process for bachelor’s and master’s programmes at Swedish universities. All applications are processed through Sweden’s central application portal

Please note that for some programmes, mainly within fine arts, application procedures and deadlines may vary. Always check the website of the university of your choice for programme-specific application guidelines.

1. Find your programme

The first step to applying is finding the perfect bachelor’s or master’s programme for you. Under Programmes, you can browse through all the programmes Sweden offers for the next application round. You can also search for programmes directly on And of course, universities will also list their own programmes directly on their website.

You can apply for up to 8 bachelor’s programmes or 4 master’s programmes per application round.

2. Check entry requirements and deadlines

Each programme will have general entry requirements and programme-specific entry requirements. Once you’ve decided which programme(s) you’d like to apply for, check both sets of requirements to determine your eligibility:

Be sure to check relevant application dates and deadlines well in advance of the semester you’d like to start your studies. Generally, the application deadline will be in mid-January for the autumn semester (August), and mid-August for the spring semester (January).

3. Apply at

You apply through, Sweden’s central application portal. With one application, you can apply for up to 8 bachelor’s or 4 master’s programmes at different universities around Sweden.

Your application should include the following:

  • Online application form (accessed through during the application period)
  • Documentation of general eligibility for bachelor’s or master’s programmes
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Documentation that you meet programme-specific entry requirements (see step 2 above)

If you are not a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you will need to pay an application fee of SEK 900 along with your application.

Visit for full details on how to apply and to submit your application. 

4. Wait for your notification of acceptance

After the deadline has passed, your application will undergo a selection procedure, determined by the individual university. They will take several criteria into account, including your grades, results from previous courses and degree projects, and any other documentation the university asked you to submit. All of these criteria will influence the outcome of your application. The decision on whether or not you are accepted is made by the university (or universities) you applied to.

You will receive your admission results – the Notification of Selection Results – on on the date relevant for your application round.

If you are not a citizen of the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you will need to pay the first instalment of the tuition fee (often the first semester’s tuition) at this point.

5. Apply for a residence permit

If you are a citizen of a country outside of the EU/EEA and will be studying in Sweden for at least 3 months, you need to apply for a residence permit. Applying for a residence permit for studies in Sweden can take a long time, so you should apply as soon as you have received your notification of admission.

See Residence permits and visas for more information on how to apply for a residence permit for studies in Sweden, as well as information for citizens of EU/EEA/Nordic countries and Switzerland.

6. Come to Sweden!

Once you’ve been accepted to a programme and your residence permit has been processed, check out our guide to living in Sweden for information on how to prepare for your stay. The Study in Sweden blog can give you an idea of what life as a student here is like. Your university’s international office can also offer tips and advice.


Please note that the Swedish Institute/ is unable to help you with specific questions about your university application or residence permit application.


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